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As an internationally active organisation, there is always something happening at FDI World Dental Federation. Stay up to date with the latest news from around the world here.

Interview: Prof. Katrin Bekes introduces molar incisor hypomineralisation

January 06, 2020 | Interviews

GENEVA, Switzerland: In the lead up to the FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, FDI World Dental Federation spoke to Prof. Katrin Bekes, head of the Department of Paediatric Dentistry at the Medical University of Vienna. Bekes has roots in conservative dentistry, and in her early career, she explored quality-of-life research and treated many patients with severe dentine hypersensitivity. While she has been a paediatric dentist for nearly fifteen years now, she maintains a strong focus on quality-of-life concerns.

FDI World Dental Congress 2020—China is shaping future of oral health

November 11, 2019 | Events, News

SHANGHAI, China: China is a powerful ally in achieving a global community commitment to health. Recognising that health is fundamentally linked to successful economic and social development, the Chinese government is making progress to protect and promote the health and well-being of its citizens. When its World Dental Congress is held in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September 2020, FDI will be putting special focus on the country.

Good oral health as a positive part of ageing process

September 13, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The world’s population is ageing, and experts predict that, by 2050, 25% of the world’s population—two billion people—will be over 60 years old. A fifth of these—400 million—will be over 80 years old. Thus, FDI World Dental Federation recently released three practical guides that highlight advisory measures to maintain good oral health even into old age.

Children with clefts to receive improved oral healthcare

September 13, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland/NEW YORK, US: Orofacial clefts are the most common birth defects in the US. Children with orofacial clefts can be at an increased risk of caries, periodontal disease and other oral health issues even after undergoing surgery. FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are working to address the issue and have recently launched a two-year project to improve oral healthcare guidance and treatment for children with clefts.

FDI releases new guidelines on treating partially dentate patients

September 12, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: As dentistry has evolved, so too has the oral health of the aging population. With people now not only living longer, but many also with relatively good oral health, the number of partially dentate patients is growing. In response to this, FDI World Dental Federation has launched a series of tools that offer a tailored, comprehensive approach to treatment and care of this group of patients.

Interview: “We will ensure the best medical treatment and care for our patients”

September 12, 2019 | Interviews, News

The recent ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from Sept. 4–8, saw the conclusion of Dr. Kathryn Kell’s successful term as FDI President. Succeeding her is Dr. Gerhard Seeberger, who will hold the title until 2021. In this interview, Seeberger discusses what he hopes to achieve as president and what optimal oral health means to him.

FDI survey highlights low level of oral care access for refugees

September 12, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: According to recent estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—26 million of whom are refugees. A recent survey by FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has found that the level of availability of dental services to refugees across the globe is extremely low, limited by many economic, cultural and psychological barriers.

World of dentistry meets in San Francisco

September 06, 2019 | Events

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: “Be a part of something extraordinary” is the theme of the 2019 American Dental Association (ADA) FDI World Dental Congress, which started on Wednesday in San Francisco and will run until Sunday, Sept. 8. The 107th edition of the congress is being hosted in collaboration with the ADA at the Moscone Center to celebrate the ADA’s 160th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the San Francisco Dental Society.

Poor oral hygiene may impair training and athletic performance

June 21, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: With the summer sports season in full swing, FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has partnered with Sunstar to release a series of sports dentistry resources for athletes, sports medicine physicians and sports organisations. Since poor oral health can affect both athletic performance and general health, the organisation strongly recommends that both elite and amateur athletes make oral health needs their top priority.

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